The Morning Update for Monday, September 12, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, September 12, 2016:


(from Fri) CBS Buys Interracial Family Comedy From Sam Laybourne
CBS is teaming with Sam Laybourne to develop a comedy based on his life as the father in an interracial family. Titled The Mix Up, Laybourne is set to pen the script and exec produce the semi-autobiographical comedy that has received a hefty put-pilot commitment. The single-camera comedy hails from ABC Studios.

(from Fri) ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Duo Team for Mixed-Race Family Comedy at NBC
has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment for a family comedy from Fresh Off the Boat duo Kourtney Kang and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, with Fred Savage attached to direct. The untitled single-camera comedy is based on Kang’s life. It will explore what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal — to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul. Kang, who has an overall with 20th TV, will pen the script and exec produce alongside Khan.

(from Fri) NBC Buys Family Comedy Produced By Wendi Trilling & Kapital Entertainment
NBChas given a script plus penalty commitment to a single-camera, multiracial, multi-generational family comedy from writer Lon Zimmet, producer Wendi Trillingand Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Loosely based on Zimmet’s brother-in-law and parents, the comedy centers on a young interracial married couple, Evan and Nicole, whose plan to move into Nicole’s parents’ house goes awry when she takes a temporary job transfer across the country.

(from Fri) Jonestown Drama From Vince Gilligan, Octavia Spencer and Michelle MacLaren Set at HBO
HBO is teaming with Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, as well as exec producer/actress Octavia Spencer, for a drama based on Jim Jones and the deadly 1978 Peoples Temple Agricultural Project known as Jonestown. The in-development limited series, which is called Raven, is based on the nonfiction book Raven: The Untold Story of Jim Jones and His People by Tim Reiterman, a journalist who survived the events in Guyana. Gilligan and his Sony Pictures Television-based High Bridge Productions will pen the script and executive produce.

(from Fri) Josh Hutcherson Comedy ‘Future Man’ Gets Series Pickup at Hulu
Hulu has given a series order to Josh Hutcherson’s “Future Man,” a 13-episode half-hour comedy series executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Matt Tolmach and James Weaver. The show, which hails from Sony Pictures Television, will join the Hulu Original slate in 2017. “Hunger Games” star Hutcherson produces and stars as Josh Futterman, a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. The series also stars Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr. and Glenne Headly. The story was written by executive producers Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter, and Howard Overman, with a teleplay by Shaffir and Hunter. Rogen and Goldberg also directed the pilot.

(from Fri) ‘Mistresses’ Canceled at ABC
There will be no fifth season for the summer soap.

(from Fri) ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Canceled at FX
The Denis Leary starrer will not return after two seasons.

(review) Variety: ‘Speechless’
“Speechless” is a wry, nimble comedy, and supplies yet more proof that when it comes to half-hours, TV is providing a bountiful array of excellent options. …“Speechless” is a good example of how a willingness to explore challenging topics, when united with crisp commercial instincts and warmhearted compassion, can produce admirable results. If it sustains the quality of its terrific pilot, “Speechless” is likely to emerge as the best new broadcast network comedy of the year.

(review) Variety: ‘Bull’
The show itself is totally ridiculous, in concept and execution. “I’ve won dozens of cases without this ‘woo-woo’ psychology,” a lawyer tells Bull, as if the science is some newfangled concept no more well-respected than healing crystals. Bull’s lone ability to “truly” understand humanity becomes wearying, just as the firm’s reliance on improbably sophisticated technology to achieve its goals is disturbing.

(review) THR: ‘Son of Zorn’
Fox has an interesting little experiment kicking off its fall season Sunday night with the half-animated, half live-action sitcom Son of Zorn. It’s amusing with a couple of strong laughs, and some creativity that might bode well for the future, but Zorn almost immediately brings up the question of whether it can be a sustainable conceit.

(preview) AdWeek: Fox’s New Fall Shows Ranked From Worst to Best
Adweek’s week-long look at each broadcast network’s new fall shows kicks off today with Fox, which rose from No. 4 to No. 3 in the 18-49 demo last season. And even though the freshman shows they’re most eagerly anticipating—24 reboot 24: Legacy and Star, another music-themed drama from Empire creator Lee Daniels—won’t debut until midseason to help fill the void left by American Idol’s departure, Fox seems to be on more solid footing than usual this fall thanks to some big swings and one very strong Pitch.


(from Fri) ‘The Terror’: Tobias Menzies To Star In AMC Anthology Series From Scott Free
The Outlander co-star Tobias Menziesis set as a lead in The Terror, AMC’s anthology drama series based on the bestselling 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios are producing the 10-episode straight-to-series drama set to premiere in 2017. Written by feature writer David Kajganich, who co-showruns with Soo Hugh, the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Navy expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crews in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival.

(from Fri) ‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Richard Madden to Star in Amazon Pilot
He’ll play a priest in drama ‘The Book of Strange New Things.’

(from Fri) ‘White Famous’: Jacob Ming-Trent Cast In Showtime Comedy Pilot
Jacob Ming-Trenthas been cast as a series regular opposite Jay Pharoah in Showtime’s half-hour comedy pilot White Famous, from Jamie Foxx and Californication creator Tom Kapinos.

(from Fri) ‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Mikey Day To Become Featured Player
Saturday Night Life continues the tradition of transitioning writers into on-screen duties. Mikey Day, who has been a writer on the venerable NBClate-night sketch program, is being added to the cast as a featured player for the upcoming season, sources say.

(from Fri) ‘Chicago Med’ Admits ‘Oz’ Grad for Season 2
Tony winner Betty Buckley will play a patient in an upcoming episode.


Netflix strikes global Timberlake doc deal
Netflix has snagged global rights to Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, the upcoming doc going behind the scenes at the final date of the famous singer’s latest world tour. Jonathan Demme directs the Timberlake doc.

YouTube goes up against TV as average view time passes 40 minutesThe average YouTube viewing session now lasts for over 40 minutes – up more than 50% year-on-year – as the platform continues to evolve from a short-form video service, according to YouTube executive Ben Speas. He claimed that more than 60% of YouTube views come from smartphones or tablets and added that 80% of YouTube views are from outside the US.


(from Fri) Dick Wolf Producing Unscripted FBI Series at USA Network
Dick Wolf is working on an unscripted FBI series at USA Network. The show, which is being produced in conjunction with the FBI, is currently in production and has been shooting in New York for quite some time, according to insiders, who say the network is eyeing a six to eight episode order.

(from Fri) ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Renewed for Two More Seasons on Fox
Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay cooking competition series “Hell’s Kitchen” for a 17th and 18th season, the network announced Friday.


(from Sun) Creative Arts Emmy Awards: ‘Archer’ Wins for Animated Series
FXX’s “Archer” has taken the trophy for animated series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, marking the show’s first win after three nominations. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane won for character voice-over performance for his work on the veteran Fox animated series. Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” won for documentary or nonfiction series, kicking off the second night of the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

(from Sat) Creative Arts Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘People V. O.J. Simpson’ Win Big
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and FX’s “The People V. O.J. Simpson” were the big winners Saturday at the first half of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation.

‘The Woman Who Left’ Wins Venice Film Festival: Complete List of Winners
“The Woman Who Left,” a revenge drama by Filipino auteur Lav Diaz about the struggle of a wrongly convicted schoolteacher in the outside world after 30 years behind bars, is the winner of the 73rd Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion.


Wrap: ‘Narcos’ Airport Ads Are a Genius Twist on Pablo Escobar Drama’s Drug-Smuggling Theme
No, you didn’t just leave your passport, watch and I.D. in the TSA security tray at the airport. That’s actually part of Netflix’s clever marketing campaign for Season 2 of “Narcos.” Passengers flying through Los Angeles International Airport spotted the subtle ads at the bottom of the trays Friday, which serve as an ironic way to plug a drama that includes major plot lines about smuggling mountains of drugs into the U.S. from South America during the ’70s and ’80s.

NYT: How the Sitcom ‘Speechless’ Understands Families Like Mine
When ABC picked up this show last spring, word spread quickly through the chat rooms and Facebook pages where nonverbal people and their parents hang out. The YouTube trailer has had about 1.5 million views. I watched the pilot episode over the summer at Camp Communicate in Maine, which is for children who use alternative-communication devices. Staff members and campers watching with me agreed: Whoever’s behind this show “gets it.”